Cattle floats, trailers and horse boxes were loaded up with hundreds of prize-winners and thousands of also-rans last night as farmers made their weary way home after a vintage Royal Highland Show.
Perthshire Charolais breeder Major David Walter was already planning a big party this summer but the celebrations started early on Saturday when his two-year-old heifer won the Royal Highland Show’s highest cattle award, the beef interbreed championship.
Scottish farming turned on style and smiles on the opening day of the Royal Highland Show, but if the findings of a new survey are accurate, the annual spectacle has become an elaborate façade for an industry in crisis.
As the cream of Scotland’s livestock goes on parade at Ingliston, the Royal Highland Show’s main sponsors have called on farmers to examine the opportunities for land outwith traditional agriculture.
The Invergowrie-based vertical farm technology company Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has won £5.4 million of venture capital funding, led by two of the world’s most active agri-foodtech investors together with the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB).